Our Homeschool Room

It’s that time of year again when everyone is asking, “What curriculum do you use?” “How do you organize it all?” “Do you do school at the table or do you have a room?” Well here is what we do! … Continue reading

A pond of a thousand toads

Last week PinkTink and I ventrued out the nature center at Pioneers Park. It is an absolutely beautful park with lots of open spaces, buffalo, a nature learning center, native priarie grasses and a great wilderness refuge area with a walking path. PinkTink has been finishing up her Amanada Bennett unit study on Autumn Treasures and various apple units. I LOVE Amanada Bennet Unit studies. They are great one week units on various different themes. You can check out Autum Treasures here.

We packed our bags and off to the nature center we went!

PinkTink at Pioneers Park Nature Center


The Scarecrow that greeted us at the Visitors Center.



I found these wonderful nature scavenger hunt and leaf identification sheets at www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-families and www.naturedetectives.org.uk. They also have awesome season booklets with lots of fun educational activites for children.


PinkTink was so excited to find the first item on her list, mushrooms!





Next, week saw the Turkey Hawks and Bald Eagles.




As we walked along the long wooded path, we came across a large pond. We were able to walk up to the edge and saw on a long brach two large turles sunbathing and little green dots along the shoreline and in the water.



PinkTink is a huge lover of frogs, so imagine her extreme giddiness in seeing a toad….



and more toads…..



and even more toads. There were hundereds of toads in this ponds. More toads than I have ever seen in my life.

All the little green dots in the picutre below are toads.

PinkTink was totally beside herself and stated “This is the BEST DAY EVER!!!” (If you knew PinkTink, every day her best day ever!)



We ventured on and found most of the things on our scavenger hunt, red oak, maple, butterflies, cocoons, a bridge and packed all our goodies into our manilla envelope to identify when we got home.

Our last stop on our walk was this old school house.



All in all, it was a wonderful day and PinkTink decided she wants to go back next week 🙂

PinkTink a self portrait

 A Self Portrait of PinkTink

What did you say?!?!?! There’s no more cookies & cream icecream left!

And they said i couldnt use this thing to touch my nose….oh I can do it!!!! Oh I’m soooo clooose!!!! Just a little more!

Ok, maybe if I try from the side…..

ok, nevemind, maybe next time. Now its time to change clothes, quick, got more pics to take before mom notices!

YAY! I Did it and didnt get caught! Im an amazing PinkTink Photog!

Mercy Watson you are one funny piggy!

Mercy Watson books are a huge hit in our house.

 Mercy is a pig who thinks he is human and always getting into trouble. Pink Tink is currently reading Mercy Watson Princess In Disguise. There are currently six books in the series and Pink Tink is on #4. They are chapter books that are age appropraiate and not to difficult for a 1st-2nd grader to read with help while still entertaining our 11 year old Rosebud.  I think that she only volunteers to read Pink Tink because she secretly likes Mercy’s adventures.

Loving our Math-U-See

We love MUS at our house. It is such an easy curriculum to follow. Jade loves to use the colorful manipulatives and watching Steve on the DVD. The lesson plans are nicely laid out making it very easy to follow and makes sense that you can teach your child the concepts effectively. We have been moving quickly through the lessons, however they are pretty basic at this point, so I assume that we will be slowing down once we get into more story problems and addition/subtraction.